2010 Rankings

The following table lists the rankings in each index for the 132 surveyed countries, for an easier overview of a given country’s standing.

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2010 Quality and Power Index

The Quality and Power Index (QPI) is the geometric mean of the QLI and the NPI. It ranks the nations which strike the best balance between quality of life and power.

2010 QPI map - EU

2010 QPI – EU

Due to its debatable nature, the European Union does not appear in the list. The version including the European Union is added here:

Please note that as the European Union does not yet have a common foreign policy, the concept of European power remains largely theoretical.


2010 National Power Index

The National Power Index (NPI) is an attempt to quantify a nation’s power, i.e. its capacity to influence events and outcomes across the globe. It is a composite of five sub-indexes, each describing one of the elements which objectively contribute to a nation’s power: economy, military, diplomacy, technology and popularity.

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2010 NPI map - EU

2010 NPI – EU

Due to its debatable nature, the European Union does not appear in the list. The version including the European Union is added here:

Please note that as the European Union does not yet have a common foreign policy, the concept of European power remains largely theoretical.



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All indexes are based on the latest numbers available on 1 January 2010.

2010 Quality of Life Index

The Quality of Life Index (QLI) is an attempt to quantify a nation’s livability for its average inhabitant. It is a composite of six sub-indexes, each describing one of the elements which objectively influence the quality of life: health, education, wealth, democracy, peace and environment.

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2010 QLI map - EU

2010 QLI – EU

Due to its debatable nature, the European Union does not appear in the list. The version including the European Union is added here:



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All indexes are based on the latest numbers available on 1 January 2010.